Success for Quest Kodiak in China
Quest Aircraft has signed a deal with Blue Eagle Aviation of Beijing, China for the delivery of 12 Kodiak single-engine turboprops between now and 2015 with options for additional aircraft. Blue Eagle was named a Kodiak dealer in July and the aircraft is currently completing Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification, expected by year-end.
Quest, exhibiting on the NBAA convention center static display, recently announced several enhancements for the Kodiak. The Garmin G1000 flightdeck in the aircraft now has a Taws inhibit switch on the GTS 800 traffic awareness system and an air-conditioning inhibit function, which automatically cuts the cabin cooling system during certain engine and generator power conditions. TKS anti-ice and a belly cargo pod are available options.
Quest and Northrop Grumman entered into a teaming agreement to develop a special-mission aircraft, the Air Claw, which debuted at the 2012 Airborne Law Enforcement Convention.
The new Tundra and Timberline interiors have been designed with composite panels and a refined headliner to cut weight and improve cabin soundproofing. The Timberline includes sidewall storage pockets beside each seat and cabin and cockpit cupholders. The cockpit seats in both interiors now include an improved headrest and have center pedestal closeouts, and these are available on 2012 models and can be retrofitted into existing aircraft. The new Summit executive interior will be available in the middle of next year.